AI-powered lawyer to appear in US court, pros/cons of tech, experts discuss regulations.
Next month, the first artificial intelligence (AI)-powered lawyer is set to make its debut in a US courtroom. This development was announced by CEO of legal services company DoNotPay, Joshua Browder, in January. While this new use of AI has been met with some enthusiasm, there are also cautionary voices.
Lee Tiedrich, a visiting professor of the practice of law at Duke University School of Law, sees potential benefits in using AI to assist people with traffic tickets and other minor violations. However, she also acknowledges the risks of using bots, which are not educated in the same way as lawyers, and are not subject to the same ethical codes. Kerstin Hering, the director of the Humane Robot Technology Lab at the University of Denver, points out that AI is not unbiased, and depends on the data it is fed.
AI has been around since the 1950s, and its uses have become increasingly sophisticated. Hering believes that as AI becomes more accessible, it makes sense to use it more widely. However, she also cautions that new tech can be used in inappropriate ways, and that regulations will need to evolve in order to capitalize on the benefits and mitigate the risks.
Tiedrich believes that we will start to see more AI laws and regulations within the next year. This is necessary in order to ensure that AI is used responsibly and ethically. The debut of the AI-powered lawyer in a US courtroom next month is an exciting development, but it is also one that carries with it a great deal of responsibility.